POSTED: December 11th 2008

IOC strips hammer medals

Shamed: Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan / lake images
Shamed: Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LAUSANNE: Belarus hammer-throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan will be stripped of their silver and bronze medals for testing positive with abnormal levels of testosterone at the Beijing Olympics in August.

The International Olympic Committee executive board handed down the final decision also banning Devyatovskiy from competing in any future Games following his suspension for two years between 2000 and 2002 for a previous positive offence.

The silver medal will now go to Krisztian Pars of Hungary and the bronze will be awarded to Koji Murofushi of Japan.

A third doping case, Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski, also had tested positive for the steroid clenbuterol in Beijing and was disqualified. However his partner in the Kayak double (K2) competition, Mariusz Kujawski, had no implications.

All in all 4,770 doping tests were carried out in Beijing making this the largest ever testing program in the history of the Olympics. The testing covered the 29-day period from 27 July to 24 August 2008 and included as a general rule all top five finishers plus a further two.

The IOC now stores Games dope test samples for eight years in support of its zero-tolerance policy so that samples can be analysed retroactively with awareness of both new substances and testing procedures.

In January a further 500 tests will also be undergoing re-testing at WADA-accredited laboratories in Paris, Lausanne and Cologne for previously undetected drugs. Paris and Lausanne testers will be running 400 new checks for the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO Cera while Cologne checks insulin abuse. The results are expected by the end of March.

Keywords · IOC · Vadim Devyatovskiy · Ivan Tsikhan · Beijing 2008

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